All Kleen Carpet Cleaning http://allkleencarpets.com Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:14:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Do Household Cleaners Expire? http://allkleencarpets.com/household-cleaners-expire/ http://allkleencarpets.com/household-cleaners-expire/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:14:47 +0000 http://allkleencarpets.com/?p=2438 We all have a cleaning cabinet full of products, some that we use all the time and others that have been there way longer than we can remember. Do you

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We all have a cleaning cabinet full of products, some that we use all the time and others that have been there way longer than we can remember. Do you know that some cleaning products actually have an expiration date? Cleaners that are past their expiration date can lose efficacy and also begin to break down the plastic containers they are in which can alter the cleaning formula. Here is a list of common household cleaners and their recommended shelf life.Do Household Cleaners Expire?

Laundry Detergent: Laundry soap is good for 6 months to one year after opening. Some laundry soaps have their manufacture date on the package to help you keep track of the age. Older detergent is less effective than detergent within the 6-month shelf life.

Oxi Clean Powder: This product claims to have unlimited shelf life, but it needs to be kept in a cool dry place.

Fabric Softener: All forms of fabric softener are good for up to a year.

Multi-Surface Cleaners: Antibacterial versions of these do-it-all cleaners last up to a year. Other versions of these multi-tasking products can last up to two years.

Lysol Wipes and Spray: Lysol products will last up to two years, after this you will notice the effectiveness wearing off as the fragrance becomes weaker.

Hand Dishwashing Soap: Mild dish soap like Dawn is a powerhouse for more than just cleaning dishes. It is great for spot treating carpets and also laundry. Hand dish soap will retain its cleaning power for 12 to 18 months.

Automatic Dishwasher Detergent: Stick to purchasing smaller quantities as most of these soaps only last about three months.

A great way to help you keep track of the age of your cleaning supplies to ensure they are effectively cleaning is to write the date you purchased it on the label when you put it away. Some sure-fire ways to tell if your cleaners are past their prime is if they have become separated, clumped, lumpy, or have a funny smell. Before throwing any cleaning product away it is best to look up the proper way to discard them.

For more household cleaning tips and advice please browse our blog. For the best in professional carpet, tile, and upholstery care make an appointment with All Kleen. Customer satisfaction is our priority.

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Household Cleaning Products You Have in Your Pantry http://allkleencarpets.com/household-cleaning-products-you-have-in-your-pantry/ http://allkleencarpets.com/household-cleaning-products-you-have-in-your-pantry/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:01:01 +0000 http://allkleencarpets.com/?p=2406 Out of cleaning products? Want to use safer cleaning products in your home, but quickly get overwhelmed in the cleaning aisle trying to decipher which products are truly clean? We

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Out of cleaning products? Want to use safer cleaning products in your home, but quickly get overwhelmed in the cleaning aisle trying to decipher which products are truly clean?

We have some good news! When it comes to effective and safe green cleaning products you don’t need the cleaning aisle at all! Chances are you probably don’t even need to go to the store because you probably already have these items in your kitchen.

VinegarHousehold Cleaning Products You Have in  Your Pantry

Vinegar is very effective and is nearly as tough as the chemical filled all-purpose cleaners on the shelf of the store.  Make an easy safe all-purpose cleaner by mixing equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Yes, vinegar does smell funny, but it is a natural disinfectant and oddly a deodorizer. The smell of the vinegar will dissipate once the vinegar is dry.

In the bathroom: Vinegar is great for cleaning the bathtub, toilet, sink, and countertops. It is also a great mirror cleaner. For tough toilet bowl cleaning, flush the toilet then pour full- strength undiluted vinegar around the rim and scrub it down the bowl.

In the Kitchen: Great for appliance surfaces and countertops (not marble). You can also mop floors with carefully diluted vinegar solution. You don’t want too much vinegar in a mopping solution because high acidity is not great for tile, grout, or hardwoods.

Laundry: Vinegar is a great natural fabric softener. Add it to the rinse cycle instead of store bought softener. It is better for sensitive skin and helps break down detergent. Vinegar is also great for cleaning the inside of the machine.

Lemon

The citrus properties of lemon are a cleaning powerhouse. This is why so many cleaning companies add it to their supplies and make sure “with citrus power” is clearly stated on the label.

Lemon is tough on soap scum and hard water and it gets metallic fixtures, such as faucets, looking sparkly and new again. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle it with baking soda; this makes a great dish scrubber. You can also use it to help put a little elbow grease into cleaning surface grime on counters, appliances, sinks, etc. Grind up the lemon peel in the garbage disposal to freshen it up and the entire kitchen will smell fresh as well. Just be careful to test an unseen spot when using lemon for the first time as its acts like a natural bleaching agent as well.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used for countless different cleaning jobs in your home. It is great as a non-abrasive scrubbing agent.

Baking soda is a friend to carpet as well. Sprinkle some on the carpet and let it sit for a while to de-odorize. This is great for homes with pets. There are many great ways you can use baking soda pastes mixed with water and other natural cleaners to spot clean the carpet as well. Check out our home remedies page for more great natural spot treatment tips.

There are so many great cleaning products just hanging out in your kitchen cupboard! For more great green cleaning tips and techniques please browse our blog and website.

All Kleen believes in the power and importance of safe and environmentally friendly cleaning products. All of the cleaning solutions we use are certified green. Make an appointment online today.

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Should I Hire a Pro to Patch Carpet http://allkleencarpets.com/hire-pro-patch-carpet/ http://allkleencarpets.com/hire-pro-patch-carpet/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:18:20 +0000 http://allkleencarpets.com/?p=2403 Since carpet is one of the biggest fixtures in the home, a lot of life is lived over the top of it. Daily life is full of many different things

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Since carpet is one of the biggest fixtures in the home, a lot of life is lived over the top of it. Daily life is full of many different things such as adventure and the occasional mishap. Sometimes the life lived over our carpets leads to a mishap that needs a repair.Should I Hire a Pro to Patch Carpet

How should you go about this repair? Say a small hole has burned into the carpet and there is no way to fix it except to patch it. Should you get on Pinterest and look up how to do it yourself to save a buck or two? Or should you call in a carpet professional?

Some people may find the idea of figuring out how to patch and actually patching a carpet on their own to be money-saving and maybe even a bit exciting. Hiring a professional may seem to be more expensive and could seem to be a hassle, but you are paying for the education and experience to get the job done right. It could also end up saving you money by skipping the risk of not getting the repair job done correctly through trying yourself resulting in having to call someone in to fix it again.There are a few special tools and supplies needed to make a patching repair. Purchasing carpet repair tools can get pricey as well.

Finding a trained carpet professional is the best way to repair a carpet that needs patching.  Professionals are trained to perform repairs on a regular basis, it’s part of their everyday job. They have the know-how and experience to get a job done correctly and in the best way possible. Should there be an unforeseen or unintentional mistake a reputable professional carpet care company always has a customer satisfaction guarantee.

All Kleen has a team of well trained and experienced carpet professionals that can patch your carpet  and get you back to enjoying your home. Customer service is a top priority and we have a satisfaction guarantee. Make an appointment online.

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The 5 Most Common Questions for Professional Carpet Cleaners http://allkleencarpets.com/the-5-most-common-questions-for-professional-carpet-cleaners/ http://allkleencarpets.com/the-5-most-common-questions-for-professional-carpet-cleaners/#respond Tue, 30 May 2017 22:11:17 +0000 http://allkleencarpets.com/?p=2341 It is not uncommon for a customer looking for a new professional carpet cleaner to have some questions. In fact, we encourage it. The best way to be sure you

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It is not uncommon for a customer looking for a new professional carpet cleaner to have some questions. In fact, we encourage it. The best way to be sure you are hiring a reputable and experienced carpet cleaner is to ask them questions.

Here are five of the most frequently asked questions a carpet cleaner is and should be asked:The 5 Most Common Questions for Professional Carpet Cleaners

How Long Will My Carpets Take to Dry?

This answer will depend upon the cleaning method used by the professional carpet cleaner. The level of training the cleaning technicians have had is also a factor. All Kleen uses a hot water extraction cleaning method performed by highly trained technicians and quality truck mounted machines. Hot water extraction uses less soap and water allowing the carpets to be dry in as little as a few hours after cleaning.

Will My Carpet Shrink After a Cleaning?

Carpet shrinkage after a cleaning is the result of poor equipment coupled with an untrained technician. When a carpet is overly wet and it takes several hours to dry (more than 24), shrinkage can occur.

Are Your Cleaning Solutions Safe for Children and Pets?

All Kleen is very open and honest about all of the products we use on your floors. We list our cleaning solutions and the ingredients in them right here on our website. We use certified green eco-friendly cleaning products that are not only safe for use in homes with children and pets, they are earth friendly too.

Read More: How Can I Get My Kids to Vacuum?

What is the Difference Between a Professional Cleaning and Renting a Machine?

Though it may cost less to rent a machine and clean the floors yourself there are many reasons to hire a professional carpet cleaner instead.

  • professional truck mounted equipment has higher suction power giving your floors a much deeper clean
  • Trained cleaners know exactly how to use the equipment and there is no chance of the carpet being damaged by accidental over wetting.
  • All Kleen has a satisfaction guarantee should some rare mistake happen we will fix it.
  • It actually saves money in the long run because you will want to call in the pros to truly clean your carpets when the rented machine didn’t work.
  • Carpets are clean and dry much faster with professional hot water extraction.
  • Professional cleaners are trained to see problems like stains, spills and needed repairs and the best way to fix them, you don’t get that renting a machine.

Read More: How to Permanently Get Rid of Reappearing Carpet Stains

What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for a Cleaning?

To get ready for a cleaning it is a great idea to move any furniture and vacuum just before the professionals arrive. If you need help moving heavy items we can help you do that.

Have more questions about our carpet cleaning services? We are ready and willing to answer any questions you have. At All Kleen one of our top priorities is customer service and satisfaction. We are open and honest about all aspects of our service to give you the best professional carpet cleaning experience possible. Give us a call anytime to ask questions or jump right in and make an appointment online.

 

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Keeping Carpets Clean in the Summer http://allkleencarpets.com/keeping-carpets-clean-in-the-summer/ http://allkleencarpets.com/keeping-carpets-clean-in-the-summer/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 20:41:15 +0000 http://allkleencarpets.com/?p=2335 Summer is full of activity: kids coming in and out all day long, neighborhood parties, graduation parties, weddings, baby showers, family reunions, holiday celebrations, and family coming to stay for

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Summer is full of activity: kids coming in and out all day long, neighborhood parties, graduation parties, weddings, baby showers, family reunions, holiday celebrations, and family coming to stay for a visit. During these busy yet fun-filled days your house can take a beating and see a few large messes.  Keeping Carpets Clean in the Summer

A professional carpet cleaning can get you ready for the constant stream of kids, guests, and parties. It will bring a new level of clean that will have your home ready to receive all types of guests. Make sure to have the carpet cleaner apply a stain guard to help prevent stains from soaking into the carpet and make them easier to spot treat so that you can get back to enjoying your activities.

After your professional cleaning and until the next one you can keep your carpet looking its best with these tips:

Remove Shoes at the Door

The largest source of dirt and debris on the carpet is tracked in from the outside on the soles of our shoes. Having everyone remove their shoes at the door will reduce the amount of dirt significantly. Make it easy for guests with signage, a designated place to keep their shoes, and some light socks or flip flops that have never been outside to wear around the house.

Vacuuming

Vacuuming is the best thing you can do on your own to keep your carpets clean. Make sure to do it on a regular basis, not sporadically when it seems like the floor could use a cleaning, for best results. Ideally, you should be vacuuming once or twice per week.

Clean Spills ASAP

Read More: 3 Healthy Benefits of Carpet Cleaning

Get to stains as soon as they happen. Even with a stain protector applied your carpet is not stain proof. Make sure to test new cleaners on unseen areas first and always blot never rub.

Take the Party Outside

The best way to keep foot traffic at an all time low inside the home is to have people hang out outside. Go soak up some vitamin D and enjoy that yard. Kids will have more room to play and will be able to get more active outside. Having parties out in the yard will allow you to be more carefree about food and drinks especially if something spills.

For more great carpet cleaning tips and tricks feel free to browse our blog. If you need help getting your carpets in shape for all the summer festivities make an appointment with All Kleen.

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How to Choose the Right Tile Grout http://allkleencarpets.com/choose-right-tile-grout/ http://allkleencarpets.com/choose-right-tile-grout/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 18:39:21 +0000 http://allkleencarpets.com/?p=2332 Tile is increasing in popularity as a budget friendly hard surface flooring choice, especially in bathrooms. Tile is sturdy and pretty easy to keep clean. When caring for tile the

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Tile is increasing in popularity as a budget friendly hard surface flooring choice, especially in bathrooms. Tile is sturdy and pretty easy to keep clean. When caring for tile the main attention goes to the grout lines. Those cracks in-between the tiles, as they are porous and can get pretty grimy over time. The substance you choose to fill those cracks when installing is pretty important.

When laying/ installing tile there is a choice between two substances applied to those cracks more commonly referred to as grout lines. These substances are mortar and grout, most people choose grout to hold their tile in place. When it comes to grout there are two basic types: sanded and un-sanded. How do you know which is best for your home?  How to Choose the Right Tile Grout

Sanded Grout

Just like the name implies, sanded grout contains very fine sand and is a great choice for wide grout lines. Sanded grout reduces the occurrence of cracking in wider grout lines.

Sanded grout is best for general use tiling installations. It is the best choice for tile floors. Sanded grout has a wider range of color choices to go with the style of tile and overall style of the room it is installed in. A variety of sanded grout can easily be found at large chain home improvement stores. Sanded grout also has much less shrinkage. This type of grout is ideal for grout lines measuring 1/8 to 1/2 of an inch.

When using sanded grout you will want to make sure your tile can hold up to possible scratching from the gritty sand particles, especially if you are installing tiles on your own with little tiling experience.

Sanded grout is more budget friendly than un-sanded grout which can cost as much as three times the average price of sanded grout.

Un-sanded Grout

Un-sanded grout is best used on very thin grout lines and ideal for using on vertical surfaces such as a kitchen backsplash with glass mosaic tiles or a shower wall.

Un-sanded grout works best in grout lines that measure from 1/16 of an inch to under 1/8 of an inch. When un-sanded grout is used in larger grout lines it has a tendency to slump, crack, or just not provide a proper fill between tiles.  Both un-sanded and sanded grout can be used on vertical tile applications, but un-sanded has a better bond to a vertical surface than sanded grout. Sanded grout is a bit heavier and is better suited for floors and other horizontal applications.

Un-sanded grout is a better choice for tiles that are easily scratched, there is no gritty substance in the grout to rough up the surface of more delicate tiles such as glass. If you have a pro installing your tiles they may do fine using a sanded grout, but they have experience in applying grout and this should not be tried with an unskilled hand.

So there you have it, the best and most budget friendly grout for your tile floors is sanded grout. The best grout for fine grout lines and vertical tiles is un-sanded grout.

The best professional tile and grout cleaning in the North Seattle and Snohomish County area can be found at All Kleen. We will also seal your grout for you to keep it protected between professional cleanings. Making an appointment for your tile cleaning is easy online.   Image by Robin

 

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How to Permanently Get Rid of Reappearing Carpet Stains http://allkleencarpets.com/permanently-get-rid-reappearing-carpet-stains/ http://allkleencarpets.com/permanently-get-rid-reappearing-carpet-stains/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 14:32:15 +0000 http://allkleencarpets.com/?p=2326 It’s like a magic trick, you spot clean a stain and it disappears. Your carpet looks like nothing ever happened and you can go on with living life as usual;

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It’s like a magic trick, you spot clean a stain and it disappears. Your carpet looks like nothing ever happened and you can go on with living life as usual; until you walk past the area just to find the spot has magically reappeared.  How to Permanently Get Rid of Reappearing Carpet Stains

You are probably wondering how in the heck something like that could happen. You took every precaution when cleaning the stain, you blotted and didn’t rub, you followed all the directions for the stain remover to a T, and yet there it is back to haunt you.

There are two possible reasons why the stain could have reappeared: soiling and wicking.

Soiling is the result of left behind cleaning residue. The solution used to treat the stain was not completely rinsed away. Extra solution left to hang out on carpet fibers will attract dirt and soil to the very spot you just cleaned causing it to become soiled once again.

Wicking is another cause of a reappearing stain. Wicking is the result of a stain reaching deep into the carpet and soaking into the carpet backing and sometimes even the pad underneath the carpet. When you spot treat a stain you are cleaning the surface of the carpet. Spills that absorb deep into the backing or pad can get reabsorbed into the carpet fibers and make its way back up to the top of the fiber. This action is very similar to what happens in the wick of a candle and is where the name originates from.

In most instances, wicking will occur with carpet that is damp for a long period of time. Sometimes when the carpet is cleaned with a DIY machine or by a cleaner that used too much moisture wicking will occur.

Read More 10 Reasons To Love Carpet

Preventing Reappearing Stains

The best way to prevent stains from re-appearing like a bad magic trick is to treat spills as soon as they happen whenever possible. If you don’t see the spill happen treat it as soon as you notice it. Getting to a stain before it has time to soak deep into the floor is critical to prevent any potential for wicking. After any spot treatment make sure the cleaning solution has been rinsed away and all excess moisture is absorbed into a clean white cloth or paper towel. When no more moisture can be absorbed leave a towel or cloth weighted down with a heavy object, such as a stack of books, over the damp area overnight to get it dry faster.

You also want to make sure you are hiring an experienced carpet cleaner that uses hot water extraction and is not over-wetting your carpet. Hot water extraction simultaneously injects cleaners and solution while extracting dirt and water back out. It uses much less water than other cleaning methods and reduces the chance of wicking.

Secrets from Professional Housecleaners

Treating Wicking

Clean the spot as you did the first time it appeared on the carpet and use the towels and a heavy object to keep the carpet as dry as possible. If the spot reappears again it is time to call in  a professional carpet cleaner.

For more carpet care tips and information please feel free to browse our website. To make an appointment for a professional cleaning, give us a call or make an appointment online.

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How Can I Get My Kids to Vacuum? http://allkleencarpets.com/can-get-kids-vacuum/ http://allkleencarpets.com/can-get-kids-vacuum/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 14:32:33 +0000 http://allkleencarpets.com/?p=2329 One of the best things we can do to prepare our kids for adulthood is teaching them how to run/take care of a home. Chores don’t just give children an

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One of the best things we can do to prepare our kids for adulthood is teaching them how to run/take care of a home. Chores don’t just give children an awareness that they are one of the occupants of the home and as such need to chip in on taking care of it; chores also teach kids valuable skills they can use when they are all grown and living on their own.  How Can I Get My Kids to Vacuum?

A great skill for any older child to learn (that some adults are unaware they do incorrectly) is how to properly operate a vacuum cleaner. We say older child because they need to be capable of pushing and carrying the vacuum on their own to properly work it by themselves. Most parenting advisors suggest about the age of 10.

Before you bring out the vacuum cleaner and show your kids how to operate it, you may want to put together an instruction card that they can reference every time it is their turn to vacuum. This way they can look back at the quick tips to ensure they don’t forget anything. Make it fun by decorating it and using color.

Some great items to include on the reference card:

  1. Reminders about the proper way to handle the vacuum including:
  • – checking to make sure the canister is empty
  • – make sure the vacuum is at the right floor setting
  • – safe plug in procedures
  • – hold the cord so it does not get run over by the vacuum
  1. Pick up any larger pieces of garbage or small items from the floor that are too big for the vacuum to suck up before starting up the vacuum.
  2. Slowly run the vacuum across the floor in rows making sure to overlap the row just vacuumed. Start with one direction and then switch directions and do it again.
  3. Try to avoid bumping into the furniture. Use the fun tools and attachments to clean under tables and furniture.
  4. Wind the cord put the tools back and properly store the vacuum back where it belongs.
  5. Enjoy the finished work! Great Job!

A great place to keep this reminder card is on the wall next to where the vacuum is stored. 

Now that you have the reminder card finished you are ready to teach your kids how to operate the vacuum.  A great way to do this is to sprinkle some baking soda on the floor. It is easy to see and helps kids to realize that the vacuum in not properly working by just running it over the floor as quick as they can. Have them run the vacuum over the baking soda quickly and then show them how there is still baking soda left behind on the carpet. Then show them how to slowly move the vacuum in rows overlapping the row they already vacuumed and then switch directions.

When they have mastered basic vacuuming show them the attachments/tools and how to use each one. Once they are familiar with the machine and the room is clean show them how to wrap up the cord and store the vacuum back in its place, and then go enjoy a treat or fun activity together after telling them they did a great job!

Read More Is a Bagless Vacuum Better for Allergy Sufferers?

For more great carpet care tips and information please browse our website. To make an appointment for the best carpet cleaning in the Puget Sound give us a call or make an appointment online.

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Hacks for National Allergy Awareness Month http://allkleencarpets.com/hacks-national-allergy-awareness-month/ http://allkleencarpets.com/hacks-national-allergy-awareness-month/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 21:54:04 +0000 http://allkleencarpets.com/?p=2316 One in five Americans suffers from allergies making it the 5th leading chronic disease in the country. The most common allergy irritants include pet dander and dust mite droppings, two

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One in five Americans suffers from allergies making it the 5th leading chronic disease in the country. The most common allergy irritants include pet dander and dust mite droppings, two things found commonly inside American homes. Eight out of ten homes have dust mite infestations and six out of ten Americans are exposed to pet dander on some level. It is no wonder why there is a whole month dedicated to learning more about allergies and how they affect us.

One way to reduce exposure to allergens and suffering from unpleasant symptoms is to start at home.

Bedroom:Hacks for National Allergy Awareness Month

This may come as a surprise, the bedroom is the most allergen prone room in the whole house. You can reduce allergens in your bedroom by:

  • Purchasing hypoallergenic cases for your mattress, box spring and pillows. They can be found at any store that sales bedding.
  • Use only washable bedding including decorative pillows and duvet covers. Wash these items as often as you wash the rest of your bedding.
  • Limit the number of plush toys stacked on the bed in your child’s room if they suffer from allergies.
  • Clean floors regularly and have carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year, but twice is optimal in homes with severe allergy sufferers.

Living Room/Family Room

  • Purchase smooth surface furniture such as leather or vinyl over upholstered pieces.
  • Limit the number of throw pillows, blankets, and plush items and make sure to clean them regularly.
  • Vacuum 2 to 3 times per week, using slow methodical strokes.
  • Have the carpets and any upholstered furniture cleaned annually or more.

Kitchen and Bathroom

  • Make use of vents and fans to keep moisture at a minimum. Fans should be run for at least thirty minutes after the shower has been turned off.
  • Check surfaces prone to moisture and drains weekly for mold and wipe down moisture prone areas with a five percent bleach solution.
  • Clean refrigerator drip pans on a regular basis.
  • Have tile and grout professionally cleaned and sealed annually.

Other Cleaning Tasks to Reduce Allergens

  • Repair any leaks in roofing and pipes as soon as they are noticed to avoid mold.
  • Keep papers and clothing out of damp areas to prevent them from absorbing extra moisture.
  • If needed, use a dehumidifier in moisture prone areas. Make sure to empty the machine on a regular basis to prevent problems of sitting moisture.
  • Use tracking mats at doorways to ensure most outdoor irritants stay outside and don’t come in on the soles of shoes.

Bonus Tip on carpet cleaning: here is 3 healthy benefits for carpet cleaning.

A clean home can help to drastically reduce allergens and keep your home environment much more comfortable if you are an allergy sufferer. Let All Kleen deep clean your carpet, upholstery, and tile to keep your home its cleanest clean. Make an appointment online.

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Tricks For Hiding Stains Until the Pros Arrive http://allkleencarpets.com/tricks-hiding-stains-pros-arrive/ http://allkleencarpets.com/tricks-hiding-stains-pros-arrive/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 21:25:03 +0000 http://allkleencarpets.com/?p=2313 The carpet is looking a little dingy and it is definitely time to call in a professional carpet cleaner to get it in shape again, but you have guests to

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The carpet is looking a little dingy and it is definitely time to call in a professional carpet cleaner to get it in shape again, but you have guests to entertain before you can fit in a carpet cleaning. You don’t want your guests to notice your tired floors and you begin to stress. How can you give the carpet a quick refresh just to get you through the night?

Here are some methods for hiding stains until the carpet cleaners arrive.  Tricks For Hiding Stains Until the Pros Arrive

Spot Treatment of Warm Soapy Water

If your carpet has some dark patches it may need a simple spot treatment. A simple solution of warm water and a bit of gentle dish soap like Dawn can help. Make sure you test any new solution on an unseen area of carpet first. Also make sure not to over wet the carpet with the spot treatment solution. This treatment will not clean deep down stains below the surface, but it can significantly clean any surface dirt.

Vinegar and Baking Powder Treatment

This power combo of natural ingredients is a popular green cleaning method for many different stains. It is great on carpet as well. Mix up the vinegar and baking powder and apply it to the stain. Cover the stain and solution with a lint free white cloth that is slightly damp. Get out the iron and with a medium to low setting and steam iron, over the damp cloth. Lift the damp cloth and the stain should be transferred to the cloth. If  more stain remains repeat with a new clean piece of the cloth.

MORE: When You Should NOT Clean the Carpet

Hide Them

When all else fails simply hiding an area of the carpet that is looking dingy works wonders. It is not uncommon to have more soil or stains around tables, sofas, and chairs. Moving a piece of furniture just slightly to cover up the dingy areas of the floor will work in a pinch.

When a stain is smack in the middle of the floor you will need to use more creative hiding techniques, like strategically placing a rug over the stain. You may even find that you love the rug and keep it there full time.

READ MORE How to Care for Carpet in High Traffic Areas

If you feel your carpet has some embarrassing or difficult stains don’t wait, give your professional carpet cleaner a call. All Kleen can get your carpet back to its best shape and we wont make you wait forever to get an appointment. Make an appointment online.

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